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Bug#66178: All display confined to bottom line during install

Package: general
Version: N/A;
Severity: normal

Part way through an apt-get upgrade session I got a screen oriented
prompted (whether to run sshd).  After that, all output went to the
bottom line of the screen; nothing else scrolled.  I captured all this
with script.  At the end of the upgrade I did an exit, but the
terminal was still messed up.

I can provide the terminal log if that would help.

Possibly relevant facts:
I am running under GNOME, in the terminal you get when clicking on the
terminal icon.
I fiddled with the font for the terminal, setting it to fixed (misc).
I resize (vertically stretched) the window during the downloading
Did apt-get -q upgrade.
ssh was the only package to require user input.  It was also the only
one to show a full screen, color dialog (except the screen only
covered the upper half of the terminal window).

The problem could be in
* terminal
* apt-get
* the menu system
* ssh packaging

among others.

Here are the last unmangled lines appearing on the terminal:
Unpacking replacement python-pygresql ...
Preparing to replace rstart 3.3.6-7 (using .../rstart_3.3.6-8_all.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement rstart ...
Preparing to replace ssh 1:1.2.3-4 (using .../ssh_1%3a1.2.3-5_i386.deb) ...
Stopping OpenBSD Secure Shell server: sshd.

-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.2
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux wheat 2.2.15 #1 Thu Jun 1 10:47:16 EST 2000 i586

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